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Sorry for the absence from the blog.. life interrupts these things occasionally.. and I confess Twitter and Facebook are easier to post stuff on that dont require essays. Just to prove I am still on here.. a nice picture of Beaches-East York MP Nathani… . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Photos

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Trudeau honeymoon carries on.

It has been noted—with some surprise by certain observers—that the honeymoon with Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government continues. Why would anyone expect it to have ended? The major opposition parties are leaderless. There is no real competition on the horizon. And Justin is skating along very nicely, thank you. Our Prime Minister must have been watching […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Trudeau honeymoon carries on.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Did we cause a kinder Canada?

It was last year on Canada Day that Babel-on-the-Bay asked if we could consider a kinder Canada. We never said it was based on getting rid of Mr. Harper and his awful Conservatives but we might as well have. And we did it. That was a heady time late last year when Justin Trudeau and […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Did we cause a kinder Canada?

Babel-on-the-Bay: If Canadians had their druthers on the Senate…

The delays are over on the government’s Bill C-14 on assisted dying. The Senate showed its true colours: cowardice. After one effort to help fix the flawed bill from the Commons, the senators surrendered. It is disappointing to report that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s solution to the senate seems to be working. When he was […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: If Canadians had their druthers on the Senate…

Babel-on-the-Bay: The braggadocio of the blogger!

That is one way to describe it. There is a hollowness in the endeavour. It is not just a hobby or an interesting way to waste away a few hours in your day. A daily commentary develops a life of its own. It is not like a Facebook page that you tend like a garden […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The braggadocio of the blogger!

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau misspending his capital.

In Winnipeg this weekend, Justin Trudeau is misspending his capital with liberals and the Liberal Party. Mind you, he fully deserves the plaudits for his remarkable determination that took his party from third place to a majority last October. It is his follow through by trying to change the nature of the Liberal Party that […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau misspending his capital.

Scott's DiaTribes: Concerns about Liberal Party hierarchy leaning on delegates over constitution.

I received this from a local Liberal Party delegate who is going to Winnipeg next week who is struggling over over the proposed changes to the Liberal Party Constitution and how to vote on it. Most of the discussion on the Constitution has been with re… . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Concerns about Liberal Party hierarchy leaning on delegates over constitution.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau doesn’t know democracy.

One of the promises Justin Trudeau made to Canadian Liberals before becoming Liberal leader was that he would restore democracy in the party. He lied. He is now asking us to give up any of the rights we had as members of the Liberal Party of Canada. Justin Trudeau wants the Liberal Party to just […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau doesn’t know democracy.

Michal Rozworski: Beware of basic income

Wouldn’t it be great to get a cheque every month just for being you? This is the sweet, fuzzy vision the Ontario and federal Liberals, are counting on to sell their latest idea, a basic income. Just this year, the Ontario government laid the groundwork for a pilot project to test the idea. Any actual large-scale program […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Beware of basic income

Babel-on-the-Bay: Rainy days on those Sunny Ways.

You hate to tell this to our optimistic Prime Minister but occasionally it rains. We were thinking of that when we noted that in the past week, few people really appreciated the government’s feeble, last-minute attempt to manage assisted dying and the Senate was having trouble making the PM’s silly Senate solution functional. The combination […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Rainy days on those Sunny Ways.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Liberal Party is not a movement.

The difference between a political party and a political movement is that a political party has a past, some structure and a future. A political movement follows the person with the best batteries in their megaphone. And it is too bad Justin Trudeau does not understand the difference. Our Liberal prime minister has once again […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Liberal Party is not a movement.

Babel-on-the-Bay: There is more than one way to pay your dues.

There was an event years ago when the Liberal Party president and this writer were taking a rest after helping set up chairs for a large party meeting. And yes, it was part of our jobs. Because authority in the party comes with responsibility. You do whatever needs to be done. Justin Trudeau needs to […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: There is more than one way to pay your dues.

The Progressive Right: A Wide-Open Liberal Party ( #LPC #WPG2016 #cdnpoli )

The big news is the public announcement of the proposed changes to the Liberal Party constitution (via National Newswatch):The proposal, adopted Saturday by the party’s national board during a three-hour meeting with the prime minister in Halifax,… . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: A Wide-Open Liberal Party ( #LPC #WPG2016 #cdnpoli )

Babel-on-the-Bay: Since Ontario Premier Wynne asked…

Never having been reluctant to give Premier Wynne advice before, we can hardly resist the opportunity to give her and her Liberal Party of Ontario advice on fund-raising. The first advice we will give her is to get her and her fellow members of the provincial parliament out of the fund-raising trough. They should not […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Since Ontario Premier Wynne asked…

Babel-on-the-Bay: Party conventions are always about money.

The first thing learned about political conventions is that it always has to be at a profit. The second is that if there is nothing contentious, create something. You always have to fill the hall. And filling the hall does not seem to be a problem for any of the three political party conventions planned […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Party conventions are always about money.

Babel-on-the-Bay: A guaranteed income for Canadian elites?

That was a firm step backward in time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday. He gave jobs to people who had no need for another job. He gave the title of senator to people who had no need for further titles. He made a mockery of much needed reform. This is elitism at its worst. […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: A guaranteed income for Canadian elites?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Waiting for Minister Monsef.

Canadians have heard from the Conservatives and more recently the New Democrats about electoral reform. Voters are getting the impression that the Conservatives are vigorously opposed and the New Democrats very much in favour. Yet we seem to be hearing more from Liberal House Leader Dominic LeBlanc about this government initiative than the minister responsible. […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Waiting for Minister Monsef.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Is Ottawa thinking outside the box?

We should send an ‘Attaboy’ to the Trudeau Liberals in Ottawa. It seems they are trying to stretch the thinking in the Finance Department to find new ways to fund high- technology start-ups. They are giving serious study to a report recommending ways to support Canada’s weakened high technology sector. The hope is to move […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Is Ottawa thinking outside the box?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Honourable Members All!

A reader brought up what he considers a serious weakness in first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting yesterday. It is the assumption that we elect “honourable members’ to our legislatures and the House of Commons and select the same for our Senate. The member we elect with at least a plurality is assumed capable of representing all voters […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Honourable Members All!

Babel-on-the-Bay: But what if FPTP isn’t broke?

You almost hate to ask the question. What is wrong with the way Canadians vote? There seems to be an assumption by some people that first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting is a failure. Does that mean you have to dump FPTP and take a flier on some other theoretically improved voting system? And why is it better? […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: But what if FPTP isn’t broke?

Babel-on-the-Bay: The perils of political predictions in by-elections

A friend called the other evening. He wanted to know who would win tonight’s provincial by-election in Christine Elliott’s former electoral district of Whitby-Oshawa. Once again we had to patiently explain that it is impossible to predict. The opinion polls that say the Conservatives have the best chance are useless. The big rally the other […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The perils of political predictions in by-elections

Babel-on-the-Bay: Can Trudeau open the sepulchres of government?

Can Canadians have an open government? Do we want one? Can Trudeau deliver it? They are all good questions. The problem inherent in the questions is Justin Trudeau’s understanding of how Ottawa really works. He might be biting off far more than his limited experience can handle. Of note is the fact that Justin’s father […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Can Trudeau open the sepulchres of government?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Ontario Premier Wynne wins India.

Patrick Brown MPP eat your heart out. You are no longer India’s darling. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has won the media wars in the world’s largest democracy. In homophobic India, a lesbian politician from Canada was a big hit. It never occurred to us Canadians that Kathleen Wynne taking her husband Jane with her was […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Ontario Premier Wynne wins India.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau takes strike one on Senate solution.

He has to admit he was warned. The only people cheering the current dumb idea are the sycophants around him. Prime Minister Trudeau cannot use elitism to choose elites. Canadian senators need to be reasonably experienced politicos. And who knows politicos best but their own political parties. That is why the prime minister of the […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau takes strike one on Senate solution.

Babel-on-the-Bay: By way of apology to our Barrie Whigs.

This is about as close as Babel-on-the-Bay can come to an apology. For the life of this blog, we have tended to disparage a faction of the local Liberals in Barrie. Calling them Whigs was not a compliment. (Whigs are Liberals about 100 years out of date.) This change of heart needs an explanation. It […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: By way of apology to our Barrie Whigs.